Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
(Scorpionfishes) > Scorpaenidae
(Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
Etymology: Neomerinthe: Greek, neos = new + Greek, merinthos, -ou = thread (Ref. 45335); erostris: Named for its type locality, the deep waters of the Strait of Perim (Ref. 49524).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 52 - 505 m (Ref. 104739). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific Ocean: widely distributed, from Madagascar, Réunion, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104739)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XII, 8 or 9 (usually 9); pectoral-fin rays 17-19 (18); scale rows in longitudinal series 33-41 (mode 37); pored lateral-line scales 23-25 (24); scale rows above lateral line 5-8 (6), below 9-12 (11); scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 4-6 (5); scale rows between sixth dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 4-6 (5); gill rakers 14-21 (17); the lateral surface of maxilla has a distinct longitudinal ridge; no lateral lacrimal spine; suborbital spines 3; with a distinct second preopercular spine; posterior margin of maxilla reaching or extending beyond vertical through posterior margin of orbit; minute slit behind last gill arch; dorsal profile of head strongly rounded; eye large, orbit diameter greater than snout length (Ref. 104739).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Motomura, H., P. Béarez and R. Causse, 2011. Review of Indo-Pacific specimens of the subfamily Scorpaeninae (Scorpaenidae), deposited in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with description of a new species of Neomerinthe. Cybium 35(1):55-73. (Ref. 86966)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00807 - 0.02362), b=2.97 (2.82 - 3.12), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).